Lethal Injection (Of Bullets)

February 1995

X-Force #43

Lethal Enforcers was one of my favorite games back when it came out, but it drove me nuts that it was so difficult! You (or at least I) would have to play the same level over and over again before getting a score high enough to advance! Then a couple years later Lethal Enforcers II: Gun Fighters came out, and it was so much better! You didn’t need as high accuracy, the levels were way easier to get through, plus you got to use a Gatling gun! While I don’t have any particular interest in the Old West, this game quickly became a favorite of mine.

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I guess I never did that well, though, because this ad mentions “an evil shaman and his band of creepy, skeletal ghouls” – I certainly don’t remember ever seeing that! That sounds awesome! Now I think I need to go back and play it so I can try to get to that level…

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Watch Out for Snakes… or Alligators!

February 1995

X-Force #43

It’s amazing how much a video game can evolve in 12 years – the original Pitfall was released in 1982 on the Atari 2600. At the time, it was considered a huge breakthrough in terms of graphics and gameplay. This newer, updated version of Pitfall was released in 1994 – and these graphics are quite a bit more advanced than the original! However, many thought the gameplay was a bit lacking (or lagging) on this one.

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But there is a fun marriage of the classic with the new on this one: If you find a secret doorway, it takes you to the original game – pretty cool, huh?

 

Genesis’ Big Brother – Video Gaming Milestone!

March 1988

Visionaries #3

I’m finally able to use my scanner again – yay!!! Oh, ’80s, how I’ve missed you! So to celebrate, here’s my favorite ad from my newly scanned comic – the Sega Master System! I wasn’t really aware of this system during its heyday, but am more familiar with it now, and it’s actually a pretty cool system! Back when the NES ruled home gaming, the Master System actually had more powerful hardware, but NES had Mario, so eventually the NES’ game library is what allowed the NES to triumph over the Master System… in America, anyway. It turns out that in Europe, it actually surpassed the NES by quite a bit! And in Brazil, it’s the best-selling game system of all time, with compatible systems still being produced!

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One thing that I think is pretty cool about the Sega Master System is that games came in two formats: Mega Cartridges and Sega Cards. The cartridges are pretty standard, but the cards were the size of a credit card – they couldn’t hold nearly as much data as cartridges, but they were substantially cheaper, so you could build your game collection without breaking the bank!

However, the part about this system that I think is the most impressive is the 3D glasses (SegaScope – sold separately, of course). Considering that it was released in the mid-’80s, the 3D is pretty amazing! I know that the Vectrex also had 3D around this time, but other than that, the next one I can think of is the 3DS – a full 25 years later!

EDIT: While originally writing this, somehow the Virtual Boy completely slipped my mind (Sorry, Virtual Boy, it doesn’t mean I don’t love you!) – so that would make it more like 10 years until the next 3D gaming system. Were there any between the Master System and Virtual Boy that I’m forgetting about? If so, let me know in the comments!

It’s Chaos! It’s Insanity! It’s…

January 1997 (1996)

Deadpool #1

This is it – the final ad I’ve got to post from Deadpool #1, making this the first book that I’ve closed out! So what have we got here? Bedlam, a video game about preventing the imminent destruction of mankind.

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This ad doesn’t tell you a whole lot about the game, but at least it’s more descriptive than WCW!

Is That a Rocket in Your Jockey, Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

January 1997 (1996)

Deadpool #1

At first glance, Rocket Jockey looks a bit like pod racing from “Star Wars: Episode I” (but actually came out first!), but upon closer inspection, actually sounds pretty badass:

“…I will not hold Rocket Jockey liable for my being decapitated by another jockey’s cable, crushed against the hood of another rocket, burnt beyond recognition by jet exhaust, or other injuries to myself or others et al.”

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Nice! I only wish there had been action like that in “Episode I”!

QuickShot – Taking Aim at Your Cash!

December 1989

Wonder Woman #37

Video games were hot in 1989, so people tried to cash in by making better, faster, more powerful controllers. From what I’m told, QuickShot’s performance doesn’t even remotely fit this description or live up to the amount of excitement that they promise.

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I’m no video game expert (unlike some people I know), but I’ve never even heard of the MSX or Amstrad systems – anyone out there remember those?

Violence and Bloodshed – Finally an Appropriate Ad in Deadpool!

January 1997

Deadpool #1

Did you see Deadpool last night? Did you love it as much as I did?? Yep, it was everything I hoped it would be… and so much more!

In celebration of all of the glorious violence and bloodshed in the movie, I’m sharing an ad that’s full of violence and bloodshed – Fighting Vipers, a Sega Saturn game.

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With some of its selling points being “certifiably psychotic characters,” and “the most vicious streetfighters ever to terrorize arcades,” to me this ad seemed the most at home in Deadpool (just slightly more than 101 Dalmatians…).

Now go to the nearest theater and see Deadpool – repeatedly!